Anonymous victor claims 1.5 billion U.S. dollars Mega Millions jackpot

A window at the KC Mart that proudly displays they sold a winning Mega Millions ticket in South Carolina last year.             
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The South Carolina Education Lottery announced on Monday that the victor from October's Mega Millions drawing has finally come forward to claim the prize.

The winning ticket was purchased between October 20 and 23 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and, the identity of the victor has been the focus of growing speculation.

The owner of a convenience store that sold the winning ticket in the $1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery says it's "exciting" that a victor has finally come forward to claim the prize.

The victor wants to remain anonymous, but has chose to take a one-time cash payment of $878,000,000. It's the single largest payout to one person in USA history.

The winning ticket was announced in October but has remained unclaimed until now.

The buyer of the winning ticket beat the odds of 1 in 303 million to win the drawing for a grand prize of US$1.537 billion, just short of a word record Powerball jackpot of US$1.586 billion in January 2016.

"As allowed by SC law, the victor has elected to remain anonymous and has chosen the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124".

Inside Edition went to Simpsonville, South Carolina, where the ticket was purchased, to ask around about the mysterious victor.

It was quite possibly the biggest mystery in South Carolina Education Lottery history.

The victor of the lottery has made a decision to remain anonymous. Would the prize never be claimed?

"The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor".

"A simple act of kindness led to an awesome outcome.", the lottery said.

Some theorized that the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won.

The unnamed person let another customer to go in front of them at a KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and ended up landing the jackpot in the US Mega Millions draw in October previous year, NBC News reports. That jackpot also had some mystery as the California winners didn't come forward until about six months later. Others speculated that the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.

The winner's decision to come forward comes months after the October 23 drawing produced the winning numbers 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70.

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.

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